New board training draws nearly 100 for full day workshop

Close to 100 new board members, mentors and superintendents attended the Foundations of Boardsmanship 1.0 workshop Thursday in Topeka. The training is geared towards newly-elected or appointed board members and includes a variety of topics focused on the roles and responsibilities of the elected board.  

“High functioning boards create high functioning districts,” said Doug Moeckel, KASB Leadership Services. Moeckel’s sessions included the fundamentals of boardsmanship and importance of working as a team.  

Other sessions include legal issues and the role of policy, presented by Ashley Rohleder, KASB attorney, an introduction to school finance, presented by leadership services Sue Givens, and communications and teamwork, presented by Gary Sechrist, also a member of the leadership services department. 

The day began with a welcome by Executive Director Dr. John Heim, who thanked the board members for their willingness to “throw your hat into the ring,” and commended them for having the courage and conviction to serve on their local board. 

Dr. Brian Jordan, deputy director and head of leadership services, provided an introduction to the day, including a brief history of the association and the services and support provided to members. Jordan also outlined the board of education’s role in school improvement, accreditation and establishing a vision and strategic plan for success all students in their community. 

 KASB Foundations of Boardsmanship training continues through February. Dates and locations include  

  • Jan. 25, Hays, The Venue and Greenbush ESC 
  • Feb. 8, Garden City, Board Office
  • Feb. 15, Topeka, KASB 
  • Feb. 29, Haysville  

An abbreviated version of the training will be 01.29.20 in Goodland. For more information and to register, see 

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